Liz is a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Medicine at Cardiff University, where she is one of the Principal Investigators of the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) and a senior member of the Mood Disorders Research Group.
She qualified with a BA (Hons) in Psychology and Sociology in 2001 and went on to work as a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham. Here she was involved in research into the causes of unipolar depression. She commenced her PhD in Psychiatric Genetics in 2004, researching the clinical phenotype of unipolar and bipolar affective disorders. After being awarded her PhD in 2008 she continued her work on mood disorders as a post-doctoral researcher at Cardiff University.
Her main research interest is the clinical phenotype of unipolar and bipolar affective disorder and she has a particular interest in medical comorbidity in affective disorder.
Liz also has a significant role in medical education at Cardiff University as the MBBCh (undergraduate medicine programme) lead for psychiatry and year 4 deputy director. Liz led in the development of the mental health aspects of the new undergraduate medical curriculum at Cardiff University (C21). Liz completed an MSc in medical education at Cardiff University in 2016 and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her medical education research interests focus on student mental health and wellbeing, and equality, diversity and inclusivity in medicine.